Rubber Tree Plant

Ficus elastica
Rubber Plant

A ficus elastica or rubber tree plant, originated in India and Malaysia and was once grown for the rubber produced from its sap; today they are very popular indoor house plants. A rubber tree usually has 5”-12” large, thick, glossy leaves. Once damaged, the leaves cannot be trimmed and should be cut off. These plants can be used as a small plant for the table, a full lush bush on the floor, or a ten- foot specimen tree in a room with tall ceilings. Like a ficus benjamin, a rubber tree doesn’t like to be moved and prefers constant temperatures. There are several varieties you can purchase: burgundy rubber trees have reddish leaves, the tricolor has grayish- green leaves with splashes of pink and cream, and the doescheri has green leaves with splashes of pale yellow or creamy white.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants